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We adopted a 1 1/2 year old female cat a month ago. She bites and swats at us. How can I correct t

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    I wouldn't swat back, whatever you do, remember even if you only weigh 100 #'s wet, you out-weigh your cat by around 10 times & you can seriously injure him. Besides, cats don't have packleaders, only friends & adversaries, it won't make him respect you & with strong-willed cats, returning aggression only escalates their aggression. It is best if you can create an unpleasant experience that is not harmful to your cat, yet one he will not want to relive in order to discourage his bad behavior.One thing you could try is to squirt his HIND QUARTERS with water (set a spray bottle to stream, not mist). After only 2 or 3 such wettening experiences, your cat will get the picture. You may never need to wet him again. You can aim the water to cross beside or in front of him and he'll back off instantly. Noise might work, if you prefer. NO AIR-HORNS, cats have VERY sensitive ears. Try shaking a metal can of nails, coins or rocks when he shows aggression. A loud coach's whistle might work, too.
  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    First of all, try to find out WHY your cat is biting and swatting. Has she done this from day one when you brought her home? Find out what her history is. Was she abused and not socialized in her former home? A month is not a terribly long time to become accustomed to a new home. Unless she is actively stalking and attacking you, I would give her time and her space and let her come around to you. Don't try to pick her up or pet her until she indicates that's what she wants. Don't give her the opportunity to swat or bite. Play with her with non-hand's on toys like laser pens (don't shine in her eyes) or feather teaser poles. Speak softly to her. Use your voice to show your love just now. Don't fuss and fawn all over her. Let her come to you. When she comes into a room say, "Oh, hi, Fluffy" and go on about your business, letting her explore and accustom herself to her new home. Don't punish her for biting/swatting just yet. Punishment may have made her like this in the first place.
  • Brynna JohnsonBrynna Johnson Member Posts: 14
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    When your cat bites or swats at you spray it with a spray bottle. At least 30 minutes after you spray her ignore her complely. Keep repeating until no more biting or swating.
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